Arts and Entertainment Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys performing live

The Sheffield band's new album AM has sold 97,000 copies so far

Album: Goldfrapp, Tales of Us (Mute)

Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory veer closer to the dreamy sensuality of Seventh Tree here than their glam electro-pop outings. Tales of Us has a stately pace and woozy beauty, with cinematic orchestration of swaying strings over acoustic guitar or mossy cello (though "Thea" has the beats and bass to give your sub-woofer a work out).

Album: Goldfrapp, Tales of Us (Mute)

The peculiar flip-flop trajectory of Goldfrapp’s career continues with Tales of Us, on which they eschew the electropop of 2010’s Head First in favour of a more sensuous, intimate style that owes much to Kate Bush.

Sir Kenneth Branagh plays Macbeth in a new production at MIF this July

Heads Up: Manchester International Festival

Is this the country's new cultural capital I see before me?

Azealia Banks, first mermaid of hip-hop, is to headline Lovebox 2013 with Plan B and Goldfrapp

Azealia Banks, Plan B and Goldfrapp to headline Lovebox festival

Plan B, Azealia Banks and Goldfrapp are to headline this summer’s Love Box festival in East London.

Marina and the Diamonds, Tabernacle, London

Who is the real Marina Diamandis? Is she the emancipated songstress from her debut; the girl who stepped off the quirky bus driven by Regina Spektor? Or is she the archetypal, commercial paradox of her recent album, where she delved even further into the complexities of womanhood? Her apparent glee and fortitude at being both perhaps show that her talents belong on the pedestal of a theatre rather than at a gig.

Goldfrapp, Mencap Little Noise Sessions, St John at Hackney Church, London (3/5)

Goldfrapp’s Little Noise set was always going to be a religious experience - performed on an altar, perfumed with incense and presided over by the vicar of St John’s Hackney, who is up by the organ enjoying the show and the view.

Keren Ann, Jazz Café, London

The audience was pulled out of its drinking and chatting revelry at the Jazz Café when "101", the title track of Keren Ann's latest album was pumped loudly from the PA system.

The bands who know the (film) score

Grizzly Bear, Daft Punk and Phoenix are the latest acts to compose music for films, bringing their hipster cachet with them. It's a mutually beneficial collaboration, says Gillian Orr

Future of EMI in doubt as Hands loses legal fight

Bank may take control of record label after bitter £7bn case between former friends

Good vibrations in a brave new classical world

Some of Britain's biggest rock stars are joining forces with a famous orchestra – with thrilling results, says Nicola Christie

A retro revolution: Why do we love all things vintage?

In a mocked-up Main Street in the middle of a field in Sussex, several strikingly well-dressed women are queueing impatiently for admission to the catwalk show in the Fashion Pavilion. Some are clad in the khaki uniform of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (the famous Fanys), some are in land-girl slacks with their hair knotted inside red bandannas. Others are squeezed into tight rayon skirts that accentuate their Monroe hips, or floral cotton blouses with embroidered trim that their grandmothers might have considered a little fussy back in 1948.

Goldfrapp, Roundhouse, London

Dancing queen’s still pure gold

T in the Park, Balado, near Kinross

In T in the Park's 17th year, it was Eminem, making his only UK festival appearance of the year, who gave the three-day event its centrepiece. Despite taking to the stage around 40 minutes late, Marshall Mathers gave those who had paid his fee their money's worth, more or less. It felt like all 80,000 festival-goers were squeezed into a packed-to- the-burger-vans main arena on Saturday to see him perform a set that included hits like "The Real Slim Shady", "Stan", "Lose Yourself" and "The Way I Am", albeit some of them only in medley format, while the appearance of his mob-handed entourage D12 for a guest spot was welcome but – considering they played elsewhere on the bill –not a surprise.

Say a long goodbye to the multiplex

Reports of the death of film have been greatly exaggerated. It's not the movies we've gone off, just traditional movie-houses. In their place, finds Alice Jones, are screens at festivals, in fields, car parks and sheds, and themed nights at secret locations and in private clubs
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